The University of Iowa

How do I purchase a Top Hat license? 

Students don't need to directly purchase a Top Hat license when an instructor orders Top Hat for a course through ICON Direct. The charge for a Top Hat license will be automatically added to your UBill like other ICON Direct materials. 

What if I don't want a Top Hat license?

Students have until the Registrar's "last day for tuition & fee reduction" for the course to opt out of the ICON Direct billing for this material. Before opting out, consider these potential consequences:

Students will lose access to any potential participation points associated with Top Hat activities.

Students risk losing the ability to complete course materials, which could negatively affect the course outcome.

How many times will I be charged if I am in multiple courses using Top Hat?

One active license can be used in multiple Top Hat classes. The ICON Direct system will flag active licenses, preventing multiple charges.

What if I already have a Top Hat license? 

Students with a lifetime license as of June 2021 will not need to pay a fee or opt out of the ICON Direct program, as their license will be recognized as already having been purchased. 

What happens if I miss the deadline to purchase the Top Hat license or if I change my mind part way through the semester and want to purchase Top Hat later? 

Students who change their minds after the deadline to purchase materials may purchase a license from Top Hat at the full retail price. 

What do I need to get started?

Visit the Top Hat Student Quick Start Guide for information on accessing Top Hat, response options, and gradebook information.

Where do I download the Top Hat app?

The Top Hat phone apps are available for free in the Google Play and Apple iOS app stores. For additional information about Top Hat's mobile applications, please see here: Student: iOS App Overview or Student: Android App Overview

Do I need a smartphone to respond in class?

Any device capable of internet connectivity, such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet, will be able to connect to a Top Hat session.  You can also respond to Top Hat questions using texting, or SMS services.

How do I log in?

You can sign into Top Hat using your HawkID username and password.  See more information at the Top Hat Account Set Up page.

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